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Tim's Vermeer Reviews

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Mary Louise Schumacher
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 13, 2014
The documentary, like the project itself, is an indulgent vanity project: friends making a film about a friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
December 4, 2013
Tim's finished Vermeer may resemble the real thing, but Tim's Vermeer never tackles the true mystery of why the latter is actually incomparable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 30, 2014
Shooting in unattractive, hard-edge digital, Teller condenses Mr. Jenison's years-long pursuit into 80 glib, alternately diverting, exasperating and tedious minutes.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 10, 2014
As mechanical as the procedure it depicts.
Matt Pais
February 13, 2014
Can a movie be both fascinating and extremely boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 6, 2013
The movie's painstaking attention to detail certainly puts you in mind of Vermeer's own, but even halfway through its short length it's easy to get restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 7, 2014
Speculative documentary might explain Vermeer's technique, if not his eye
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 14, 2014
Despite the exhausting quest taken up by the documentary's hero, the film doesn't register as inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Kelemen
March 27, 2014
Jenison projects humility, but he can barely hide his need to be perceived as the smartest kid in the room. In the end, the film leans harder towards vanity project than earth-shattering documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 2
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 28, 2014
Jenison's compulsiveness and ingeniousness are interesting, and his research may prove to have some art-scholarship value, but another impresson is that spending 180 days to reproduce 'The Music Lesson' is a colossal waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 16, 2014
One can't help but lament that Jenison is missing the heart of the art -- he SEES but he doesn't FEEL.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
December 3, 2013
The charm of the whole enterprise wears off even before this movie's trim 80 minutes are up.
Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
September 7, 2014
Tim's Vermeer refers not just to the replica Vermeer he seeks to paint, but to his understanding of who Vermeer was and how he accomplished his work.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Aine O'Connor
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
March 7, 2014
Hockney and other experts get involved, there's brief consideration of the nature of art but what really makes it work is Tim himself, he's a great subject.
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do - nothing more, nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kristy Puchko
January 26, 2014
A collision of art and science that is thought-provoking, breathtaking, and wildly inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
February 21, 2014
The beauty of the picture is its tale of obsession by a man determined to convince himself his theory is true.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Beck
June 9, 2014
I can easily say that this film is more engaging than any action film I've seen of late, which is quite a remarkable achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
January 17, 2014
An important doc that quietly slips out of mind but that will always be an impressive achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
February 28, 2014
Shot on grainy video, with some indifferent sound, Tim's Vermeer is an amusing study of obsession in action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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